NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Piper Jaffray has downgraded Illumina to Neutral from Overweight and also has cut its price target on the stock.

Senior Research Analyst William Quirk said in a note published today that the "downgrade reflects concerns over increasingly more challenging 2H13 comps, likely limiting upside in the back half of the year, and with the current valuation."

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.

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